08:52 PM ET 02.11 |
The comments Richard Petty made about Danica Patrick will go down in sports history as one of the most idiotic quotes made by a champion. Not only is Richard Petty a seven time NASCAR champion but is problably the greatest driver the sport has ever seen.
In an era driven by political correctness and in a sport that is totally dependent on sponsorship money why would a sane person bash the only minority driver that competes in NASCAR's main series that is dominated by white males.
Here are the quotes from Mr. Richard Petty when he was asked if Danica Patrick would win in NASCAR:
"(Only) if everybody else stayed home,"
My dear God how can anybody not know that is not the proper answer, specially when you are one of the ambassadors of the sport. I'm about five IQ points away from being an idiot but I know that is not the right answer.
How about just saying. "Hey is hard to win in NASCAR but she is in the race so she has a chance to win" Bingo! What's wrong with that answer? It keeps everybody happy.
Then to add insult to injury Richard Petty makes a second quote about being a female in the sport.
Here is that quote:
"If she'd have been a male, nobody would ever know if she'd showed up at a race track," Petty said. "This is a female deal that's driving her. There's nothing wrong with that, because that's good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport."
Once again, my dear God! Everybody knows that, everybody knows that part of the Danica charm is that she is a good looking female driver in NASCAR who -by the way my friends- can actually drive a car.
Why would anyone get into a long deep philosophical explanation as to why she is in NASCAR. Those arguments are of the -CAN'T WIN- variety so why even get into it. Poor choice for Mr. Petty.
As always this is a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I'm thankful for that.
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